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Friday, August 31, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Camilla Isley - Guest Post & Giveaway

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad. She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.


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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Camilla Isley

When Anniek and Suze asked me to write a guest blog post about what made my heart beat faster my first silly thought was: “You mean besides trying my luck on a treadmill for the umpteenth time?” It usually takes only five minutes before I realize just how hard my heart is working and I find myself gasping for air, chest hurting, and with a beet red face. Then I stop the machine, collapse on whatever flat, unmoving surface is nearest, drink a bottle of water in one go, and give the treadmill a rest for at least another year. And I know everyone says it’s just a question of practice and constancy, and that with every new day it gets easier, but I’ve reached the point where I might finally accept that I’m not a runner and will never be.

So to move on to less potentially physically damaging ways of jacking up that heart rate, it took me only about half a second of serious reflection to realize that this year for me it would be really easy to answer Anniek and Suze’s question. Because what made my heart beat the fastest it has ever had in its life—yeah, even faster than the treadmill for once—was to hear another heartbeat for the first time, one that wasn’t mine. Ta-dah! I’m pregnant with my first baby.

My husband and I have wanted this baby for a very long time and I guess the first real heart-stopping moment was when that second pink line finally appeared on the pregnancy test. Over the years, I’d collected a strong number of negative one-liners, not pregnant, NOs, or minuses instead of pluses results to really stare wide-eyed at that second thin line slowly appearing on the stick. Then the joy set in, “I’m going to be a mom!” Then the panic set in, “I’m going to be a mom!”

Six months later, I’m not over either phase. But hearing my tiny baby’s heartbeat for the first time and seeing my husband get a little teary-eyed as we stared at the monitor has definitely been the stronger emotion for me to date. One that definitely made my heart beat faster and made me feel so alive—for the whole of five minutes, then I had to go throw up again and reverted to slug status for the next three months.

And I can’t even begin to imagine what the excitement will be when we’ll finally meet him—yes, it’s a boy!—in just a few months.

So if you have any advice on how to survive labor, breastfeeding, or really any suggestions for first-time moms please fire away, I’m ready to absorb all the wisdom I can before the baby makes his debut into the world.



Books by Camilla Isley

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Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive audiobook copies of Love Connection and I Have Never by Camilla Isley. Seven runner ups will receive an audiobook copy of I Have Never.

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  1. Great guest post. Congratulations on your pregnancy.

  2. thanks for this post, I enjoyed reading it, looking forward to reading your books xx

  3. Congrats! I love your covers, very eye catching.

  4. Childbirth advice? Two things really... 1. Don't worry if you don't feel that overwhelming love thing straight away. Labour is no walk in the park. It'll come over the next few days if not. And 2. It's only 1, maybe 2, days of your life. It may be hard, but before you know it, you'll turn around and they'll be going to school. You'll be fine. After that, the next 18 years are survival. LOL. All the best. x :)

  5. Congrats for your pregnacy! My advice is just to follow your natural instinct in everything!

  6. Hi Camilla! Congratulations! Thank you

  7. Congrats on your pregnancy! Lots of love & lock to your family!

  8. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  9. Great news! Hugs and kisses! :)
    twitter: @Vasiliki9280

  10. What lovely news! New life is so precious xx